Zsuzsanna Jakab appointed WHO Deputy Director-General
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has been appointed Deputy Director-General of WHO by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The announcement was made as part of extensive reforms unveiled on 6 March 2019, seeking to modernize and strengthen the institution and make it more effective and efficient as the world’s leading authority on public health.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled by the Director-General’s decision, and I look forward to taking up my new duties and responsibilities. I am also grateful for having been granted the opportunity to work with the countries of the European Region and wonderful colleagues and staff for the past 10 years in my role as Regional Director,” she said.
The Deputy Director-General’s portfolio includes WHO’s technical programmes for universal health coverage, the life course, communicable and non-communicable diseases, healthier populations and antimicrobial resistance, alongside other issues that the Director-General considers appropriate to delegate.
Although Dr Jakab’s appointment is immediate, she will remain the Regional Director for the WHO European Region in the coming months. Her term of office as Regional Director comes to an end in January 2020, and the process of choosing her successor is underway. WHO’s 53 Member States in the European Region will elect the next WHO Regional Director for Europe at their annual governance meeting in September this year.